In basketball, it’s pretty simple. You make a shot behind the 3-point arc, it’s worth three points.
Not everyone is enamored with the 3-pointer, but even curmudgeons like Bobby Knight accept that three points are awarded when the long ball goes in the basket.
So it’s hard to understand the outrage surrounding the disqualification of the powerhouse Patrick School from the state tournament. Sadness? Yes, it’s sad and unfortunate.
You feel for the Celtics’ players and coaches, who appeared to be defending an aggression by Redondo Union (Ca.) during a game in San Diego Dec. 29. The refs ejected five Patrick School players, including three for leaving the bench.
But the rule here is crystal clear. If we can’t count on a governing body to enforce the rules as agreed upon by the member schools, then what’s the point of having a governing body or rules?
NJSIAA assistant director Larry White issued the following statement, as reported by NJ.com:
“NJSIAA rules specifically stipulate that any varsity team accumulating three or more player or coach disqualifications for ‘flagrantly unsportsmanlike conduct’— which includes leaving the bench related to a dispute or altercation — will not be permitted to participate in that season’s NJSIAA tournament.'”
No ambiguity there.
Now, should there be an appeals process? Yes, that needs to get implemented. Should there be some nuance here, so gray areas are taken into account? Probably. Those are matters for the future.
When college basketball instituted the 3-point shot, there was no protocol to review close calls on whether a foot was behind the arc. If officials blew the call, it was their fault, not the NCAA’s.
Same here. This was a bad job by the refs in San Diego, not the folks in Robbinsville.
Eventually, the NCAA instituted a review system. That may well happen here with the NJSIAA.
Today, people have to accept that a 3-pointer gets you three points.
Staff writer Jerry Carino: firstname.lastname@example.org